Sion/Longueuil – H55 has started construction work for its subsidiary in Canada with the groundbreaking ceremony. The new site of the pioneer in the field of electric propulsion and batteries for aircraft will include manufacturing, research, product development and customer integration.
H55, a Valais-based company specializing in propulsion and battery management systems for electric aircraft, has begun construction of its North American subsidiary and Canadian headquarters at Saint-Hubert Airport. The borough of Saint-Hubert is part of Longueuil City, located near Montreal in the province of Quebec. H55 Canada will work closely with existing customers such as Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE and Harbour Air Seaplanes, according to a media release.
The new site will be equipped with a state-of-the-art production line to serve the growing North American customer base. Production of battery packs is scheduled to start next year.
With the groundbreaking ceremony for this new factory and office building, “we are not just erecting a building, we are shaping the future of aviation,” André Borschberg, H55 co-founder and chairman of the supervisory board, is quoted as saying in the statement. “With the support of the Quebec, Canadian and Saint-Hubert governments and our shared commitment to clean aviation, we will soar to new heights, reduce our environmental footprint and ensure clean skies for future generations.”
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister of Transport and Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez joined other dignitaries from the province, the Montreal region and the city of Longueuil in emphasizing the long history of the aviation industry in the region. As they said, the investment in aviation electrification also represents a milestone on the way to creating an innovation center. ce/mm